American Swedish Institute Christmas Fair and Re-Opening Celebration

The American Swedish Institute’s Turnblad Mansion is set to reopen to the public on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, following a six-month closure for remodeling taking place in the Mansion’s lower level (part of a larger campus expansion project that includes construction of the Nelson Cultural Center addition, set to open in June 2012). ASI’s annual Christmas Fair—one of the highlights of the holiday season—will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to draw more than 1,000 visitors. The annual Nordic Christmas Rooms display, featuring holiday table settings, trees, and décor in the traditions of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, will have a special focus on handcraft this year. When the museum reopens, the new museum open hours will be: Tues., Thu., Fri. noon–5 p.m., Wed. noon–8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m., and—for November and December only—Mondays noon–5 p.m. (closed on Mondays throughout the rest of the year). Museum admission: $6, $5 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID, free for children under 6 with an adult. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 12—10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Start the holiday season off right! Learn how to make a number of Swedish Christmas crafts at this drop-in family program. You'll have a variety of projects to choose from, ranging from traditional Christmas ornaments to fun cards. Included with museum admission.


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